Frost Fest: Celebrating the return of winter

Wood printing with Shona Branigan at Frost Fest in the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage CentreCelebrate the arrival of winter, which according to the meteorological calendar begins on December 1st and marks the return of our Frost Fest winter festival.

Learn origami, the Japanese art of paper folding and create a mobile, try you hand at wood printing and make a card, decorate a snowflake cookie and many more craft activities. Get stuck in to traditional woodland crafts, discover the little know facts about our favourite winter bird the robin or join our lantern parade.

Craft activities at Frost Fest in the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage CentreWe’ll have a host of activities and musical entertainment over the weekend to get you in the spirit for the upcoming festive season. Some activities are free, others have a charge and a couple must be pre-booked as spaces are limited. Find out more about specific activities on our What’s on page.

Celebrating 25 years and £40 billion of giving to good causes

Over the past 25 years the National Lottery has raised £40 billion which has funded good cause projects, including Land of Oak & Iron. As part of their #ThanksToYou celebration we are offering a free café shrub cookie decorating activity to the first 20 people to turn up between 10am and 12pm the Saturday of Frost Fest with a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard. Read more about #ThanksToYou.

Winter fact

Using the meteorological calendar, the seasons are made up of four periods of three months each, winter always starts on December 1st, with spring beginning on March 1st.

The astronomical calendar determines the seasons based on the position of the sun in relation to the Earth, this year winter begins on December 22nd, the winter solstice. This is when the sun is at it’s most southerly point and we have our shortest day of the year.